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Search for New Chief On, Mansfield Named Interim Boss

Jeff Garretson - September 19, 2013 1:09 pm

Salina Police Chief Jim Hill is retiring on October 1st.

Salina Police Chief Jim Hill

Chief Hill calls it a career.

Salina Chief of Police Jim Hill spent his last day at police headquarters yesterday, he officially retires October 1st.

City Manager Jason Gage tells KSAL News that the search for a new chief continues, while Deputy Chief Carson Mansfield is overseeing the police department on an interim basis, “Carson will be at the reins,” he said.

“He’s very, very experienced so we make an easy interim transition that provides no anxiety, no frustration and no worries whatsoever.”

Gage says about 40 applicants have submitted resumes during the nation wide search.

Hill became Police Chief in January of 1991. Hill said back in June, that after 44-years of wearing a uniform there’s a lot of mixed emotions.

“It’s kind of bittersweet because I have a lot of affection for the department and the great men and women who comprise this department, and for this city,” he said.

“It’s time to retire and turn the ship over to a new captain.”

The 64-year-old veteran says he’s looking forward to traveling and working on being a grandpa to his four grandchildren.

Red Neck

September 19, 2013 at 11:18 pm

Should have happened 20 years ago we sure would not be having this crime spree. Evidently Gage is not doing his job or he would be interviewing replacements by now.

Fuchs Mi

September 20, 2013 at 8:39 am

Unbelievable how this city is being run from the top to the bottom. Now would be a good time to get rid of Gage, recall the commissioners and cleanup the police force for starters.

Kevin Hays

September 20, 2013 at 1:45 pm

I have to admit I’m really glad he is gone.

Bob Dole

September 24, 2013 at 9:56 pm

Chief Hill was an outstanding Chief of Police as was the honorable Chief John Woody. Anyone who thinks otherwise is ignorant and a complete moron. We at the Sheriff’s Dept. will miss him dearly. Those who have negative comments are just criminals who have nothing better to do but whine and complain.

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